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    Intercity Bus Services

    You'd hope we'd do better with it than we've done with a national train system...
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    Metrolinx: Bombardier Flexity Freedom & Alstom Citadis Spirit LRVs

    The part about the flatbeds is a bit surprising to me, seeing the ION vehicles shipped in by rail along the Waterloo Spur made me assume that's how it would be done for all the LRVs, not just the ION.
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    Ontario Northland and the End of the Northlander

    Glad to see Transport Action Ontario weighing in on this.
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    Ontario Northland and the End of the Northlander

    After months of effective radio silence on the Northlander from the province, it's not surprising to see hack job studies like this bubble to the surface, which pull magic tricks like taking all of Northern Ontario's population density (1 person/km) as an argument for density being too low to...
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    VIA Rail

    It's remarkable to me how HFR could be such a transformative project, with rail service returning to towns that lost it and creating lots of new possibilities (eg tourists travelling from Toronto to Montreal stopping off in Eastern Ontario for a B&B stay for a day or two to explore the area...
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    VIA Rail

    Honestly if the feds and province wanted to environmentally put their money where their mouth is, there would be a rule that ministers had to take the train to anywhere that had a station. I wonder how fast we'd see rail travel improve then.
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    Roads: Highway 7 North Kitchener-Guelph New Freeway Build

    Forgive me for being cynical about a "plan to combat sprawl" when there's still acres of greenfield developments happening in places like Doon and North Waterloo, which are commuter oriented but far away from GO stations. I've spent most of my time far away from downtown and the isolation is...
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    Roads: Highway 7 North Kitchener-Guelph New Freeway Build

    As a resident in the area, I wish they wouldn't, but it isn't surprising given local politics (and politicians) and the unwillingness of a lot of people to oppose highway development. The Region of Waterloo is putting in work to finally improve transit, walking and cycling on Victoria Street...
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    Intercity Bus Services

    Smart. This looks manageably short and should be a good feeder for the Barrie line.
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    Roads: Ontario/GTA Highways Discussion

    Any bets on this one? https://www.kitchenertoday.com/local-news/local-mpps-set-to-make-highway-7-announcement-2563724
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    Ottawa Transit Developments

    For example, the ION project had its share of issues that local observers were aware of, but which were rarely discussed in the anti-LRT local media because it was genuinely too clueless to pay attention aside from churning out variations of the same op ed complaining about LRT "stealing road...
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    Ion Light Rail (Kitchener-Waterloo) & King/Victoria Transit Terminal

    The fact that this is yet another crash on Ottawa (clearly the fault of the driver of course) makes me sympathize with the TriTAG people saying 10 years ago that there should have just been double tracking on Borden and the road closed to traffic, rather than having one set of tracks on Borden...
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    Ion Light Rail (Kitchener-Waterloo) & King/Victoria Transit Terminal

    While it's nowhere near Ottawa-tier, there's been a few persistent issues with the signals which are probably a contributing factor. Last fall regional council also decided not to pressure for 8 minute headways right away as there haven't been significant post-launch crowding issues. The issue...
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    GO Transit: Service thread (including extensions)

    I like this solution as it addresses a number of concerns myself and others had around potential expropriation and demolition of the heritage houses along Kent and Northumberland by avoiding widening. These streets are both residential and should be fine as one ways. This crossing is one of the...
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    GO Transit: Service thread (including extensions)

    Encouraging, but there's a lot of room for weaseling in the "Milton corridor" phraseology. I guess we'll have to see.
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    GO Transit: Construction Projects (Metrolinx, various)

    Milton gets shafted again. https://www.insidehalton.com/news-story/9834508--very-disappointed-metrolinx-halts-milton-go-station-expansion/
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    London Rapid Transit (In-Design)

    Presto is a lemon and nobody outside of the GTA wants it who isn't forced at gunpoint. Hence why GRT, Guelph Transit, etc have adopted their own card systems. Only a small minority of people in London will ever commute to. the GTA and most people would probably be fine with a separate system -...
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    Ottawa Transit Developments

    In particular, huge differences in the exterior cladding and materials used in the undercarriages to compensate for the insane amount of road salt used in North America.
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    GO Transit: Service thread (including extensions)

    This. Ontario is really bad for surface lots, especially outside of Toronto. A garage at each station would be fine.
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    Ion Light Rail (Kitchener-Waterloo) & King/Victoria Transit Terminal

    Finally. I think the Region's obstinacy has been a problem with this from the beginning. They clearly made no effort to identify pre-existing pedestrian desire paths and how having a line with no crossings there would hurt walkability in the neighbourhood. Then they only started working on the...

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